Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens USA

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Product Highlights
  • EF Mount L-Series Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4-22
  • Aspherical Lens Element
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Rear Focusing
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Floating Lens System
  • Super Spectra Multi Coating
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 1.0'
  • 72mm Filter Thread Diameter

The superior-quality EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens from Canon features a brilliant maximum aperture of f/1.4, along with the superior natural image quality of Canon L-series lenses. Such a wide aperture is ideal for low-light imaging and for exacting depth of field control. An advanced floating mechanism and aspherical lens element achieve extremely sharp, distortion free pictures from infinity to its closest shooting distance of 1.0'. With a ring-type ultrasonic autofocus motor (USM) and rear focus, autofocus is fast and virtually silent. A wide focusing ring provides comfortable manual focus, and the filter ring remains stationary for ease of use with polarizers and other special effects filters. Full time manual focus override enables precise manual focus even when in AF mode.

Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture is effective in low light shooting and enables shallow depth of field control.
An ultrasonic autofocus motor (USM) provides precise, fast and quiet AF action.
Full-time manual focus override allows for precise manual focus control at all times, even in autofocus mode.
An aspherical lens element reduces aberrations and optimized Super Spectra lens coatings minimize ghosting and flare.
Performance
Focal Length 35mm
Comparable APS-C 1.6x Focal Length: 56 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 63°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.0' (30 cm)
Magnification 0.18x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:6
Elements/Groups 11/9
Diaphragm Blades 8
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:72 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.1 x 3.4" (7.87 x 8.64 cm)
Weight 20.46 oz (580 g)

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CanonEF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens
 
4.9

(based on 611 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (534)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (70)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (516)
  • Consistent output (382)
  • Strong construction (369)
  • Nice bokeh (359)
  • Durable (326)

Cons

  • Heavy (80)
  • Slow focus (17)
  • Pricey / poor value (12)
  • No weather sealing (8)
  • Weak casing (7)

Best Uses

  • Low light (428)
  • Weddings (349)
  • Night photography (322)
  • Landscape/scenery (276)
  • Video (140)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (189), Semi-pro photographer (158), Photo enthusiast (128), Casual photographer (31), Enthusiast (28)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (424), Yes (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Low light and fast kids haven!

Use it and abuse of it! It does work at 1.4 and that's a long way from 4.0. Both aren't perfect at the largest aperture (I'm comparing a 24-105 4L with the...Read complete review

Use it and abuse of it! It does work at 1.4 and that's a long way from 4.0. Both aren't perfect at the largest aperture (I'm comparing a 24-105 4L with the 35 1.4L), but since buying the 35 I stopped using the zoom. What is great? Fast.
I bought it Halloween afternoon so I could use it at night and it was just wonderful. It always was my first choice of lens, but I could not convince my wife that although it is NOT a zoom it does deliver "nice" pics. She didn't note the difference of the lenses but DID acknowledge the improvement of the pictures...
IF you, amateur as I am, think you might need the large aperture for kids inside, go for it. For a closer comparison I used for a long time a Sigma 50mm 2.8f macro EX. But the 35mm gives me more keepers.
It took me 4 years to buy the lens and now I realize that I should have done it before (before upgrading twice the body and buying the L zoom). Much better had I kept my EOS 300D (the lowest Rebel at that time)with this lens instead of using the 5D MarkII with the lenses I had...

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Overall good wide angle prime lens

This is a very good wide angle prime lens from Canon. The focal length is commonly one that can be a walk around lens. It is well balanced and easy to hold during...Read complete review

This is a very good wide angle prime lens from Canon. The focal length is commonly one that can be a walk around lens. It is well balanced and easy to hold during shooting. The lens is not overwhelmingly sharp at the wide apertures but good bokeh. The corners are not so great at these apertures. THe sharpness improves at f2.8 and by f4 very sharp and decent corners on a full frame sensor. The lens does suffer from a bit more CA than i had hoped. Overall stopped down it is an outstanding landscape lens. At the wide apertures, good for portraits.

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5.0

Just do it.

By jlv39

from Grand Rapids, MI

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

    I debated over making this purchase for a long time, and I'm so glad I finally did it.

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    5.0

    Great lens!

    By yw

    from cleveland, ohio

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light

      Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

      Great lens for babies - lets you be right nearby while taking pictures.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Love it!

      By Jim the Runner

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Night Photography

      Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

      I use this lens for human and dog portaits. I love the high f-stop, although it gives a very specific look.

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      • No

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      5.0

      great lense

      By steve

      from Utah

      Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

      I do a lot of landscape photography and the photos
      Are tack Sharp from the start at 14~20 f stop. Real sweet lenses, a true need for landscape.

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      5.0

      Good performance as expected

      By Hongtao

      from Kirkland, WA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

        This lens is fast and light. Very good performance for indoor use.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Stunning glass....but at a price

        By British Guy

        from London

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Video

          Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

          Fantastic performance in all light conditions. Great night shots. It is an expensive piece of glass but worth every penny (cent) if you want top results.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great lens for various shooting distance

          By Sam

          from New York, NY

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

            I have rented this lens many times in the past, and am very happy to finally own it. It's always in my bag if I'm unsure of how much distance I will have from my subject. It's a great up-close lens without getting too much distortion. Very sharp. Would definitely recommend it.

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            5.0

            Great for small places and night time

            By Phill Bitencourt

            from Balneário Camboriu SC Brazil

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Night Photography
              • Video

              Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

              It's just great to work with it speccialy at night!
              I have no regrats, and I still think a sigma would do it for me!

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great Lens

              By Lisette

              from Brooklyn, NY

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • Weak Casing

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

                It's heavy and take some getting-used-to.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Excellent product.

                By Candidly

                from Denver, CO

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

                I bought this to use side by side with the 24-105mm f/4 for my 5D Mark III. It is so gorgeous & tack sharp that I never want to take it off. I have been using it for many different scenes and nothing has disappointed me; landscapes, city/street scenes, & portraits. It's fantastic in low light, as well. Highly recommend.

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                5.0

                sweet glass

                By artmeripol

                from Birmingham, Al

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Fast In Low Light
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Sharp
                • Strong Construction
                • Very quiet focus

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Night Photography
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

                  I shoot lifestyle, travel and portraits and this lens was bought so I'd have something faster than my 16-35 f2.8 in low light and as a 'walking around' lens. Just used it for the first time over the weekend while at a family wedding. I wasn't the wedding photographer (and I stayed out of her way. I am not a wedding photog) but shot casual family moments. Perfect. Crisp and sharp when I hit focus and easy to use, fast to focus and amazing in low light. I was hand holding night shots and nailed some things at lower ISO than I would have with the f2.8. For a 'real' wedding shooter it would be a super addition to the bag.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Awesome lens

                  By Markster

                  from Manhattan New York

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Night Photography
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

                    This lens is not only fast, it is pretty sharp. I took it into Manhattan and did some street shooting and I am very pleased with the results. Also I must mention you can focus relatively close to your subjects giving a nice bokeh when wide open.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Canon EF 35mm

                    By Michael93

                    from East Northport, New York

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Night Photography
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

                    I use it for a lot of still shots on my 6D and 5D mIII
                    It is a fantastic lens but for video you really have to go with IS lenses for handheld.
                    Although I use monopods just the extra security of IS helps a lot.

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                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    My new favorite lens

                    By Michael

                    from Glarus, Switzerland

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

                      After two weeks of renting this lens for a trip through Northern Italy, I placed my order last week from Switzerland with B&H- it arrived a few days later, and has already added several images to my new collection. Whether for portraits, wildflowers, or landscapes, this lens is proving itself indispensable. Now, of course, I'm faced with the dilemna of wanting to replace my current 50mm and 85mm (which are themselves fine lenses) with L-series lenses…all in good time.

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                      5.0

                      Great Prime lens!

                      By Dave

                      from St Louis, MO

                      Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

                      Shipment from B&H was fast, product arrived as
                      predicted, well packed in box, box surrounded by bubble wrap within another box. I was unaware that the following where included lens hood, lens bag, and center squeeze lens cap. This was a nice bonus. The lens is everything others
                      have said, super sharp, well worth the money.

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                      5.0

                      Fast lens and great for receptions

                      By Cavin

                      from San Diego

                      Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

                      I've only practiced with this lens. I'll be taking it to a baby shower this weekend and a few weddings soon. I can't wait to see how it does at receptions.

                      My 2.8 lenses haven't been as great as I'd like at receptions or in low light places where OCF is difficult.

                      I'll add more to my review after I've had more time to use it in the field.

                      One thing I noticed is that is isn't light. I thought it wouldn't be as heavy but that's my fault for assuming and not checking the specs.

                      If recommend it to anyone needing low light or who likes the look of 1.4

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                      (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Good, not great

                      By G_Rock

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

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                        Cons

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                            Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

                            This lens can really produce some great photos. Lovely contrast, color, and bokeh. However, it's a pretty soft lens. Plenty of sharper lenses out there...

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                            5.0

                            Favorite Lens!

                            By Kortney

                            from Texas

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Nice Bokeh

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

                              This lens never comes of my camera! Produces beautiful and clear images!

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              It doesn't get much better than this!

                              By jgsnyder

                              from Boise, ID

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Bokeh
                              • Rugged
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Photography
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

                                If I had to pick one lens, it would be this one. I find the 35mm length to be super versatile for just about anything especiailly protraits. It's wide, but not too wide. I love having a solid lens to go between a 50mm and 28mm, plus the fast aperture is excellent for low light situations (weddings, photojournalism, etc.) when flash isn't useable. Colors are great, bokeh smooth, slient focusing and excellent build quality. If you're looking for a great go to lens that can handle any situation you throw at it, look no further!

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                                5.0

                                Worth it

                                By Jacq-Jacq

                                from Bend, OR

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Nice Bokeh

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

                                  This lens is worth the investment! I cannot come up with any cons. Images are crisp, wide range of uses!

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